Evaluation of sialyllactose supplementation of a prebiotic-containing formula on growth, intestinal development, and bacterial colonization in the neonatal piglet

Marcia H. Monaco, Mei Wang, Xiao Pan, Qian Li, James D. Richards, Maciej Chichlowski, Brian M. Berg, Ryan N. Dilger, Sharon M. Donovan

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Abstract

Background: Sialyllactose (SL) is a highly abundant oligosaccharide in human milk that has been shown to influence intestinal maturation and cognitive development and exert bifidogenic effects on the gut microbiota. The SL content of infant formula is significantly less than that of human milk, therefore there is interest in determining the effect of supplementing SL to infant formula at the levels in human milk on neonatal outcomes. Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of varying doses of dietary SL compared with a milk replacer formula on weight gain, gastrointestinal development, and microbiota composition in piglets. Methods: Thirty-eight intact male piglets were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 experimental diets from 2 to 32-33 d of age. Diets were formulated to contain SL at 0 mg/L (CON), 130 mg/L (LOW), 380 mg/L (MOD), or 760 mg/L (HIGH). At 32-33 d of age, blood was collected for serum chemistry and blood cellular analyses, and coagulation time. Immediately after humane killing, the small intestine was excised and intestinal segments fixed for quantification of mucin-producing goblet cells and morphologic analysis. In addition, mucosal disaccharide activity was assessed. Colonic luminal contents and feces were collected for measurement of pH, dry matter, volatile fatty acids, and the microbiota. Results: SL at ≤760 mg/L supported normal growth, intestinal development, and enzyme activity as well as serum chemistries and hematology (P > 0.05). In addition, SL supplementation did not affect overall microbiota structure and diversity in ascending colon contents and feces, but had minor effects on the relative abundances of specific microbes. Conclusions: The findings in this study demonstrate that SL addition to a prebiotic-containing formula was well-tolerated by neonatal piglets, supported normal growth, and did not result in any adverse effects on serum chemistries or intestinal development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbernzy067
JournalCurrent Developments in Nutrition
Volume2
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Infant formula
  • Oligosaccharide
  • Piglet
  • Sialyllactose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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